1891 Old Soldiers Reunion

as reported in the Newton Press on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1891

©Transcribed by Kim Torp


Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week were given over to the old soldiers, who held forth at the fair grounds; and the way they got together and talked of the times when they marched shoulder to shoulder and fought side by side done good to the younger generation, as well as to the "boys" who wore the blue. The attendance was large every day; and the register showed 425 ex-soldiers present. Quite a number of men, eminent in the various walks of life, some of them of national reputation, delivered addresses in the day time; and at night around the camp fires, which burned brightly, the remnants of the broken ranks recounted their experiences at the front in the days of '61 to the close of the rebellion. Many good stories were spun, some of them true but generally woven out of cloth from imagination, which lends enchantment to the things that are now in the distant past.

A large and well arranged speakers stand was erected in the center of the track fronting the amphitheater. Flags, mottoes, banners and lithographs of Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, Sherman, Sheridan, Logan and Mrs. Logan, were hung wherever convenient. The decorations were tasty and presented a very pretty and picturesque appearance. Near the stand was a large pole and with the first break of day, each morning, the stars and stripes were flung to the breeze.


Carlin's Brigade

On Wednesday, the reunion of Carlin's Brigade was held. Last year the members of the 21st and 38th joined in with some other regiments and formed a brigade organization with Charles Yelton as Colonel and C.A. Hinman as Adjutant. They met on the fair grounds on the 30th ult. and were addressed in the afternoon by Attorney General George Hunt. At night the new officers were elected as follows:

Charles Yelton, Colonel;

I.M. Shup, Lieutenant Colonel;

J.H. Maxwell, Adjutant.

Originally the First Carlin's Brigade consisted of the 21st and 33d Ill. and 8th Wis. Vol. Afterwards the 15th Wis. was substituted for the 8th Wis. and the 38th Ill. and 101st O added. In '63, the 81st Ind. took the place of the 15th Wis. At Chickamauga the organization was:

21st Ill. Vol. Regt.

33 Ill. Vol. Regt.

38th Ill. Vol. Regt.

15th Wis. Vol. Regt.

101st Ohio Vol. Regt.

First Brigade

First Division

Twentieth Army Corps

Army of the Cumberland

Maj. Gen. W.S. Rosecrans, commanding


Gen. Carlin is now a colonel in the regular army.

Bush Harris is a guard at the Chester penitentiary. During the war he was captain of Co. K, 88th Ill.

J.A. Norton was a member of the 101st Ohio. What his rank was we didn't learn. He is now railroad and telegraph commissioner of Ohio. His brother is a cousin, by marriage, of Mrs. W.L. Bridges, of this city.

Association Officers, Etc.

Thursday, several thousand people were on the grounds. They were addressed by Gens. C.W. Pavey and J.S. Martin and Capts. J.F. Scanlan and W.G. Cochran.

Friday again witnessed a great crowd in attendance. Cols. Horace S. Clark and James A. Sexton and Capt. Jesse Clements delivered speeches. In the afternoon the regular annual election of officers for the Jasper County Veteran Association resulted as follows:

James W. Gibson, colonel; W.A. Gifford, lieut. colonel; John Toland, major; W.L. Bridges, quartermaster; G.M. Lollar, chaplain; and J.W. Calvert, surgeon.

Headed by the Olney Band, the old soldiers and Sons of Veterans formed in a column of twos and marched around the track once, held their farewell handshake and disbanded.

The Jasper County Battalion, consisting of the sons of the soldiers, held a reunion and elected the following officers:

Ed Moulden, colonel; John Muchmore, Lieut. colonel; J.A. Large, senior major; Will Carrick, junior major and adjutant; Elza Sutton, quartermaster; and Otis Ellis, sergeant major.

At night the final meeting was held at the opera house, where a few short talks were made and a grand concert given by the Band.

Throughout the three days the Newton Quartet, H.S. Hinman, Carroll Booker, C.D. Kendall and Harry Lathrop with Miss Jessie B. Johnson as organist furnished good vocal music.

The Olney Cornet Band came up on Wednesday night and remained until everything was over. They are as gentlemenly a set of young men as one wishes to see and rendered many beautiful pieces of music. Friday night they concluded their engagement.


Among those of our former residents who were in attendance at the reunion last week, we noticed David Scott, John C. Brockman, Al Broderick and wife, and John G. Bliss, Olney; Rev. J.W. Reed and wife, Covington, Ind.; and Jack Scott, Harvey King and S.G. Barbee, Effingham.


40th Annual Soldier's Reunion Results

reported August 6, 1926

At the fortieth annual reunion of the Jasper County Veteran Association, held at Hunt City, July 29, 30 and 31, nineteen Civil war veterans registered, sixteen wives and widows of veterans, and thirty-eight Spanish-American and World War veterans. The oldest Civil War veterans were John Dodd of Willow Hill and D.A. McCarty of Newton, each 88, and the youngest was Taylor Randolph of Newton, who is 76. The average age of veterans registered was 81 ½ years. Officers elected were:

Josiah Harrison, colonel; William Myers, lieutenant colonel; Milton Wakefield, major; John Dodd, quartermaster; W.A. Gifford, chaplain; Ira N. Vance, adjutant.


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